(approx) 30 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
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- How to install a Black Strut Tower Brace on your 2005-2012 Mustang
Justin: If you're looking for one of the most popular and one of the most affordable strut tower options for your stock intake manifold S197 GT or V6, well then the SR Performance Strut Tower Brace in black here might just be worth a look. The SR option is gonna combine aircraft-grade 4130 chromoly steel with a textured black powder coat for right around that $150 price point. While these simple four-bolt installation, will get a one out of three wrenches on your difficulty meter here, with more to come on that later in the video. So, a strut tower brace like this is one of those easy and affordable ways to make a subtle impact on your S197's handling. Helping to stiffen up the front and a little bit more, take some of the roll out of the car when cornering very hard.Now, I do say subtle because in the grand spectrum of handling parts, I would argue there will be other mods out there that will make a bigger impact to improving your handling such as sway bars, springs, and, of course, tires. But 99% of the time, a strut tower brace like this will be far more affordable and far easier to install than all of those other modifications I've just listed. But going back to the construction, I do wanna point out that SR has incorporated that aircraft-grade 4130 chromoly steel for the overall build here including the one-inch tubular parallel beam design and all finished in that textured black powder coat which looks great and low key under the hood. Now, if you don't prefer low key or anything like that, you want something that's certainly gonna pop a little bit more, SR does also offer a chrome variant of the same exact strut bar for a few bucks more. That, of course, you can find right here on the site.Now, in addition to your different finish options, another thing I believe is really cool with the SR option, maybe not cool right now, but is this blank plate section. If you go on the customer image section of the product page, you'll notice owners have customized this particular area in a number of different ways through maybe paint, different emblems, things like that. So, it kind of gives you an opportunity to customize your under hood or engine bay area a little bit more with the SR option. But, as we did point out at the very top of this video, guys, this particular strut tower brace will not clear those taller intake manifolds such as your Boss 302 or Cobra Jet or maybe even a positive displacement supercharger without modification. Sure, you can get crazy, add spacers, things like that but as it's meant to be installed, it will not clear those taller options.Now, if you do have something like that installed, you might need to look into some different options here on the site, maybe from BMR or even the Boss 302 option from Ford Performance. Now, with all that covered, let's quickly get into the installation with SR Performance option. And again, easy four-bolt install per side, so eight altogether for all my mathletes out there. Shouldn't take it any longer than 30 minutes to an hour depending on what you're working with. And here's my buddy, Joe to walk you through the job, in addition to giving you a quick tool breakdown.Joe: The tools used for this install were, a 3/8 impact driver and a 13-millimeter socket.So, the first step to this install is gonna be to remove the 4 strut tower nuts located on either side of the engine bay using a 13-millimeter socket. Next, you can place your strut tower brace on top of each strut tower. Next, you're gonna install the provided washers on top of the strut tower brace before you bolt it down. Now, you can just repeat this process on the other side and start tightening down your nuts.And that's gonna wrap up this review and install of the SR Performance Strut Tower Brace for your '05 to '14 Mustang. Thanks for watching. And for all things Mustang, keep it right here at americanmuscle.com.
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Technical Note. This strut tower brace will clear factory plenum covers on 2005-2014 GTs. Some 2006-2009 V6 Mustangs may require minor modifications to assure proper clearance of the factory coil pack boots. Will not clear BOSS 302 Intake Manifold or Edelbrock E-Force Supercharger.
Fitment: 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
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March 29, 2020
Easy to install
I really like this item, it was very easy to install and looks great on the car. The only criticism I have is that it is very close to the spark plug wires on the coil. I have added extra washers under the flange to add a little clearance. I also added a 4.0 emblem that I had to obtain from another seller. You should consider carrying this item as it adds much interest to the look of the engine compartment.Helpful (0)
March 25, 2020
This Strut Tower Brace is a nice addition...Steering feels a bit "heavier" and solid...And it looks good under the hood...Also, I added the 5.0 Coyote V8 emblem...Helpful (0)
March 20, 2020
Strut tower brace
Where do you get the small GT emblem or the see through one...or the one with pony horse.im talking the small details on the middle of it....Helpful (1)
March 07, 2020
Helps a little with handling. Bought mostly for looks.Helpful (0)
March 03, 2020
Fast, Easy delivery. Easy install. Does it’s purpose. You can feel it more slightly around hard turns.Helpful (0)
February 25, 2020
SUPER STRUT TOWER BRACE!
INSTALLED IT ON A 2007 GT/CS CONVERTIBLE. DEFINITELY IMPROVED RIDE AND HANDLING, DECREASED COWL SHAKE. VERY EASY TO INSTALL, LOOKS GREAT, WELL WORTH THE MONEY!Helpful (0)
February 01, 2020
Easy Easy Easy
To say this was easy would be understating it. It looks great and took 3 minutes to install. Can't wait tp get on the track and see what it does.Helpful (0)
January 13, 2020
I've been driving the same car for almost 6 years so I'm very aware on how it feels when I drive and corner. I got this with the rear tower as well and although it's not an insane difference, it's definitely noticeable and well worth the investment if you want to improve handling on a car that needs it badly!Helpful (2)
January 09, 2020
Less roll, better time around bendy roads . Easy set up. Clean look. SEXY lookin. You feel the difference as soon as its on.Helpful (0)
December 26, 2019
SR Strut Tower
Perfect fit under the hood! Would recommend to others.Helpful (1)
I am worried that it won't clear my factory hood on my 2006 GT because I had a ford racing strut tower brace and I tried to install it and my hood wouldn't close. So i just want to know if this would clear my stock hood?
This strut tower brace will indeed clear factory plenum covers on 2005-2014 GTs.
Will installing this cause the tire/camber alignment to be thrown off since you need to remove the strut tower bolts?
Installing the SR Performance Black Strut Tower Brace will not affect the alignment of your vehicle.
How much does this weigh?
The SR Performance Black Strut Tower Brace weight approximately 12lb's.
Will this fit with the new jet cobra intake manifold? I know the stock gt tower brace wont work and neither will the boss tower brace. But what about this? Cause I do not want to lose my tower brace for a manifold upgrade.
Within the text for the cobra jet manifold: •A new Computer Tune is required for installation. •Stock fuel rails can be reused for this application. •Nitrous oxide is not recommended for use with this manifold. •Stock and aftermarket strut tower braces designed to clear factory GT or BOSS manifolds will not fit. •Will require a custom air intake tube to mate to oval throttle body opening.
Does this brace rub the hood insulationon a 07 GT?
I have one on my 07 V6 and it does NOT rub the insulation.
You can use this with the CC plates but it is not a replacement for CC Plates or the bolt.
This will not clear the Ford Performance intake no.
This will not clear the Boss 302 manifold no.
The SR Performance lack strut tower brace will be able to fit under the 2006 V6 stock hood.
Unfortunately, the SR Performance Black Strut Tower Brace (05-14 GT, V6) will not clear a Roush Supercharger. The only strut tower we have that will clear superchargers or larger manifolds would be the Ford Boss 302 Strut Tower Brace (05-14 GT, V6), item # 53686, (http://www.americanmuscle.com/boss302-strut-brace-0512.html).
The SR Performance Black Strut Tower Brace (05-14 GT, V6) will not fit with the Ford Racing Whipple supercharger.
A Cervini Stalker 2 hood will fit just fine over this strut tower brace, however it's possible modification may be needed to get this installed in tandem with your caster camber plates.
The measurements of the center plate on the SR Performance Black Strut Tower Brace is 3.5"x8".
(approx) 30 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
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